Kathleen B. McDermott, Ph.D.

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Neurosciences Program

  • 314-935-8743

  • 314-935-8892

  • 1125

  • kathleen.mcdermott@wustl.edu

  • http://pages.wustl.edu/memory

  • memory, learning, cognition, cognitive, fMRI, imaging, behavior

  • Human behavioral and fMRI studies of memory

Research Abstract:

Professor McDermott investigates human memory. More specifically, her research uses behavioral (traditional psychological) and functional neuroimaging (specifically, fMRI) techniques. One new line of research explores individual differences in learning. Specifically, people who learn quickly tend to also retain the newly-learned information well over the long-term. One`s capacity for efficient learning is highly reliable, and we aim to better understand the cognitive factors contributing to this ability. Another interest lies in exploring the link between remembering and imagination. How do we draw upon memory to envision potential future scenarios? How does imagination lead us to remember events that we did not overtly experience? Another interest is in how memory retrieval alters the accessibility of later memory. Specifically, taking a memory test does not simply assess memory but also enhances the likelihood of later remembering the tested material (and related information). Our lab is exploring these phenomena behaviorally and using fMRI.

Selected Publications:

Zerr, C.L., Berg, J.J., Nelson, S.M., Fishell, A.K., Savalia, N.K., & McDermott, K.B. (2018, Adv Access Online). Learning efficiency: Identifying individual differences in learning rate and retention in healthy adults. Psychological Science.

Chen, H.Y., Gilmore, A.W., Nelson, S.M., & McDermott, K.B. (2017). Are there multiple kinds of episodic memory? An fMRI investigation comparing autobiographical and recognition memory tasks. Journal of Neuroscience, 37, 2764-2775.

Nelson, S.M., Savalia, N.K., Fishell, A.K., Gilmore, A.W., Zou, F., Balota, D.A., & McDermott, K.B. (2016). Default network activity predicts early memory decline in healthy young adults aged 18-31. Cerebral Corte, 26, 3379-3389.

Gilmore, A.W., Nelson, S.M., & McDermott (2015). A parietal memory network revealed by multiple MRI methods. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 534-543.

Gilmore, A.W., Nelson, S.M., & McDermott, K.B. (2014). The contextual association network distinguishes between remembered and imagined events. Cerebral Cortex, 26, 611-617

Nelson, S.M., Arnold, K.M., Gilmore, A.W. & McDermott, K.B. (2013). Neural signatures of test-potentiated learning in parietal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 11754-11762.

Arnold, K.M. & McDermott, K.B. (2013). Free recall enhances subsequent learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 507-513.

McDermott KB, Szpunar KK, and Christ SE. (2009). Laboratory-based and autobiographical retrieval tasks differ substantially in their neural substrates. Neuropsychologia 2009 47: 2290-2298.

Szpunar KK & Chan JC, and McDermott KB. (2009). Contextual processing in episodic future thought. Cerebral Cortex 19: 1539-1548.

Szpunar KK, Watson JM, and McDermott KB. Neural substrates of envisioning the future. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: USA 2007 104: 642-647.

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